Recent Articles

Expanding Harm Reduction Services Through a Wound and Abscess Clinic

A wound and abscess clinic, held concurrently with a syringe exchange, provided economical treatment and aftercare for injectionassociated soft tissue infections. During 20 two-hour clinic sessions, 173 treatment episodes were logged, and the visit cost was estimated at $5 per patient. 

Increased patient–clinician interactions provided opportunities beyond those afforded by the syringe exchange for patients to obtain resources and referrals to services such as HIV counseling and testing, medical care, and drug treatment.

Who’s getting the message? intervention response rates among women


Background. Injection drug users (IDUs) who also smoke crack may be at greatest risk for infection with HIV as well as other blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections and in most need of positive behavioral changes.

Drug harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis

Proper assessment of the harms caused by the misuse of drugs can inform policy makers in health, policing, and social care. We aimed to apply multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) modelling to a range of drug harms in the UK.

A General in the Drug War

From heroin and cocaine to sex and lies, Tetris and the ponies, the spectrum of human addictions is vast. But for Dr. Nora D. Volkow, the neuroscientist in charge of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, they all boil down to pretty much the same thing.

She must say it a dozen times a day: Addiction is all about the dopamine. The pleasure, pain and devilish problem of control are simply the detritus left by waves of this little molecule surging and retreating deep in the brain.

Book Review: Crack In America Demon Drugs and Social Justice

Crack in America is the definitive book on crack cocaine. In reinterpreting the crack story, it offers new understandings of both drug addiction and drug prohibition. It shows how crack use arose in the face of growing unemployment, poverty, racism, and shrinking social services. It places crack in its historical context—as the latest in a long line of demonized drugs—and it examines the crack scare as a phenomenon in its own right.

“I inject less as I have easier access to pipes”

Injecting, and sharing of crack-smoking materials, decline as safer crack-smoking resources are distributed

A Key to Methamphetamine-Related Literature

A comprehensive index of research articles pertaining to methamphetamine drawn principally from peer-reviewed journals, most of which are hyperlinked to the corresponding PubMed web page on which the abstract appears. (SLOW to download: 450 pages.)

Needs Assessment of People Who Inject Drugs, St. John’s, NL

Prepared for Committee of and Labrador Prepared by Health Research Unit Division of Community Health and Humanities Faculty of Medicine Memorial University of Newfoundland

Prohibitionism and its symbolic classification of substance consumption

An inquiry into the conceptual structures of substance consumption classification in contemporary Australian society

Report of the New York City Commission on HIV/AIDS

Recommendations to make NYC a national and global model for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care